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   Tech Sports News

Football News - Spring Practice Continues

The Hokie football team conducted spring practices 5, 6, and 7 (out of 15) since the last TSLMail, and will conduct practice 8 today (Friday).

Last Saturday, the team held a 40-play scrimmage that featured Bryan Randall getting about half the snaps at quarterback, and Chris Clifton getting the other half. The highlight of the scrimmage was approximately 100 yards rushing by tailback Cedric Humes (statistics were not kept).

On Monday, after evaluating the scrimmage and previous spring practices, the coaches moved Clifton to wide receiver and named Randall the #2 quarterback, behind Grant Noel. It was anticipated that Will Hunt might change positions as well, but he will remain at quarterback for now.

Along with Clifton, tailback Justin Hamilton will also get reps at receiver, although he'll continue to serve as a tailback, as well.

Wednesday, the Hokies held another scrimmage, on a cold, windy day, and tailback Kevin Jones rushed for 95 yards on six carries, including a 75-yard TD run that saw him break two tackles at the line of scrimmage and break away for the end zone. The run was reported as 75 yards on and 69 yards on

The QB's struggled in the windy conditions Wednesday, with Noel completing 7-of-12 for 56 yards and Randall completing 3-of-8 for 23 yards. Ernest Wilford caught two passes for 25 yards, while Shawn Witten caught two for 15 yards.

In depth chart moves (as of the 4/1/02 depth chart on, Clifton has been named the co-number two split end with Wilford, with no number one being named.

Keith Willis is now the co-number one tight end, along with Jared Mazetta, with Jeff King #2. In the battle for the #2 Backer spot behind Vegas Robinson, Blake Warren has been moved ahead of #3 James Anderson.

Tech will have another scrimmage this Saturday. The Spring Game is two weeks from Saturday, on April 20th, at 2 p.m. in Lane Stadium.

South End Zone Construction Update

Our contacts on South end zone construction report that the project is still proceeding on schedule, and the contractor still fully expects to have things ready in time for the football season.

Currently, all of the vertical raker beams are in place, and nearly all of the horizontal tie beams are done, as well. There is one section of tie beams that will not be put in for a week or so, in order to allow all of the other tie beams to fully dry, and for all concrete shrinkage to occur.

Once all of the concrete sections (raker beams and tie beams) that are currently in place are fully dried, the final tie beams will be installed, and placement of seating support structures can be completed.

"By the Spring Game," our contact says, "most of the precast concrete should be set and the contractor may begin with the exterior site concrete (sidewalks, plazas, etc.) by then. On the interior, the club level is flying along with interior walls, ductwork, electrical, etc. coming along nicely. All seats are supposed to be installed by July 1."

Our contact also addressed the pictures that were posted on the architect's web site a few weeks ago, showing what looked to be serious voids in the concrete of one of the raker beams.

The voids occurred because of complications with the quick-drying concrete that is used, and upon discovery, "The structural engineer was notified and an appropriate fix was devised. Basically, all loose concrete had to be removed and a flowable grout mixture was poured to fill the voids.

"The raker has now been repaired, and with the exception of cosmetic and surface patching, the structural concrete across the project is in good shape. People with professional engineering licenses have to sign the dotted line before the State will issue an occupancy permit. You can rest assured that the structure will be safe."

We'll keep you up to date with status and photos as the project goes on.

TSL Spring Game Tailgate Info's annual Spring Game tailgate will be held once again this year. It is being organized by a group of message board posters who will put on a shindig that will outshine previous Spring Game tailgates:

The 2002 edition of the TSLMB Spring Game Tailgate Party
(hosted by F4EHokie, bourbonstreet, BayIslandHokie, BigSkyHokie, teaysvalleyhokie, and cliff!)

Here’s what will be provided:

  • BBQ Pig (yes we’re gonna do a little pig pickin’ -- 150# pig, first come, first served)
  • Plates, napkins, cups, utensils, condiments
  • Deli meats, buns, soft drinks, and ice

Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Your favorite adult beverage
  • Chips, salsa, veggie trays, chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad, baked beans, ham biscuits, basically anything else you want to eat. (But plan on sharing.)
  • Anything else you think fellow Hokies might enjoy.

Tailgating starts at 10 AM. Look for the "" banner in the west end of Lot 5 next to Southgate Drive. Here's a map showing the tailgate location:

Will Stewart
General Manager and Managing Editor

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Football News and Articles:
TSLX Spotlight: If You Build It, Will They Come? - by Art Stevens, 4/4/02
Pick a campus, any campus, and chances are you’ll find construction crews adding to or improving the athletic facilities. It’s a "build it" world out there and no one wants to fall too far behind.

Randall Comes on Strong - by Will Stewart, 4/3/02
He's not likely to supplant Grant Noel as the #1 quarterback this spring, but TSL sources say backup QB Bryan Randall is playing better all the time and could give Noel a run for his money before Tech's August 25th opener. Also: Wide Receivers Struggle Early.

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